Preventing GMO Contamination in Your Open-Pollinated Corn

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Corn (Zea mays) is what we around here consider a ‘promiscuous pollinator.’ That’s because it is an outcrossing, wind-pollinated crop. Each corn plant has both male and female flowers; the pollen-producing tassels at the top of the plant are the male flowers, while each ear is an inflorescence of female flowers, producing pollen-collecting silks. As the tassels shed pollen, wind carries these tiny grains to silks that have emerged from the immature ears. Each individual silk that gets pollinated results in a kernel of corn on the cob.

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